Hills & Islands
Rangamati Hill District
Rangamati, the largest District of Bangladesh located amongst the green hills, beautiful blue lakes and rivers of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. It expresses its exquisite beauty in rainy season. During this period trees become greener, waterfalls are in full force and the river Karnaphuli is in her full wave. The 77 km road from Chattogram to Rangamati traverses through green fields and winding hills and is a marvellous scenic journey.
This beautiful blue 11000 km2 lake was created as a reservoir when the Kaptai dam was built during the 1960. This created a charming view as forested hills and plateaus rise from beneath the beautiful Lake water. A stretch of road connects the tourist spots of Rangamati and Kaptai. The road goes deep into the hill tracts and displays the natural beauty and wildlife of the district Rangamati. Cruises in the lake are popular among the tourists.
Bandarban Hill District
Bandarban Hill district, is situated 92 km from Chattogram. Bandarban is the home of a number of small ethnic group, including the Moghs and the Murangs. Murangs are famous for their music and dances. Several other tribes of great interest live in the remote areas of the district. The highest peak of Bangladesh – Tahjin dong (4632 ft) is located in the Bandarban district.
The Budha Dhatu Jadi is famous as the Golden temple of Bandarban among the travellers and tourists. The temple is the largest Theravada Buddhist Temple in Bangladesh. The second largest Buddha statue in Bangladesh lies there. This religion is practiced by the Marma tribal people, a dominant ethnic group in Bandarban
47 km southeast from Bandarban town, on a hilltop 2200 feet above sea-level, is situated the Nilgiri resort. Often covered with clouds, this place provides a panoramic view of the landscape.
Khagrachhari Hill District
Khagrachhari is the district headquarters of Khagrachhari Hill District. A drive of 112 km from Chittagong, by an all-weather metalled road through the green forest up hills down dales into the solitude of nature.
Nestled in the picturesque Surma Valley amidst scenic tea plantations and lush green tropical forests, greater Sylhet is a prime attraction for all tourists visiting Bangladesh. Lying between the Khasia and the Jaintia hills on the north and the Tripura hills on the south, Sylhet breaks the monotony of the flatness of this land by a multitude of terraced tea gardens, rolling countryside and the exotic flora and fauna. Here the thick tropical forests abound with many species of wild life, scented orange groves and luxuriant pineapple plantations spread their aroma around the typical hearth and homes of the Manipuri Tribal maidens famous for their dance.
Sylhet, the tea granary of Bangladesh, not only has over 150 tea gardens but also proudly possesses three largest tea gardens in the world both in area and production. Greater Sylhet Consists of the districts of Sylhet, Sunamganj, Habiganj and Moulvibazar. Srimongal: Srimongal is famous for the longest tea garden of world covered by lush green carpet. One can have a look into the spectacular tea processing at Tea Research Institute.
St Martin’s Island
An island off the coast of Cox’s Bazar, Moheskhali has an area of 268 sq. km. Through the center of the island and along the eastern coastline rises a range of low-hills, about 300 feet high, but the coast to the west and north is low-lying and fringed by mangrove forest. Atop Moinak Hill lies the old temple of Adinath, dedicated to Shiva. By its side on the same hill is a Buddhist pagoda.
Sonadia Island lies in the bay about seven km. off Cox’s Bazar and is only 9 sq. km. in area. The western side of the island is sandy and different kinds of shells are found on the beach. Off the northern part of the island, there are beds of window pane oysters. During winter, fishermen set up temporary camps on the island and dry their catches of sea-fish.